Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin photographed by Bert Stern
Photos by Thurston Hopkins
Qiu Jin was born in Fujian in 1875. Considered a national heroine in China, she was a revolutionary, a writer, and a feminist known amongst her acquaintances for her partiality to a western, masculine style of dress and her fondness for the martial arts. After living in Tokyo, she returned to China to start a women’s magazine, encouraging her readership to seek education and financial independence and training.
She was an eloquent public speaker and gave many lectures on women’s rights to education, as well as being outspoken for her belief in the abolishment of the practice of foot binding, which left women physically dependent on others.
She was the head of the Datong School, which operated under the guise of a training school for sport teachers and coaches but was really a centre for the training of revolutionaries.
She was arrested in relation to a failed assassination plot against the provincial governor of Anhui, En Ming, and publicly beheaded at the age of 31. She was immediately adopted as a martyr and recognised as an important figure in women’s liberation in China.
JFK, aged 20, juggling in Nuremberg, 1937
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (1898 – 1989) achieved a lot of firsts in her life.
She was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, and the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Stokely Carmichael, LeRoi Jones, and H. Rap Brown in Michaux’s Bookstore, Harlem, New York, in 1967. Photographed by James E. Hinton